Professional Liability Defense

Legal Malpractice
 
Ms. Courteau has overseen all lines of professional liability with trials resulting only in defense verdicts since 1984, including Legal Malpractice with multiple good results on behalf of small, medium, and national law firms. Ms. Courteau has handled claims including: Underlying Claims based on Construction Defect, Business, Product Liability, Trust, Probate, Divorce, Personal Injury, and claims related to Privacy, Privilege, Computer for both insurers and lawyers. Good results include: multiple dismissals on demurrer and motion for summary judgment. Further success including: eight separate claims dismissed for one law firm (underlying business litigation), dismissal of five claims against Beverly Hills Law Firm and National Law Firm (underlying product liability) praising our results by managing partner.

 

Insurance Broker & Agent Defense
 

Courteau & Associates has handled multiple insurance E&O claims. These claims have included fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, misrepresentation, and other causes of action. Courteau & Associates has been appointed by both the insurer and private client. The Firm has obtained verdicts including a defense verdict for fraud against an agent where the claims were based on alleged verbal statements. The Firm has also had multiple successes in insurance E&O related to demurrer, motions for summary judgment, and successful discovery motions. Insurance E&O have included claims associated with earthquakes, riots, entertainment policies, interruption of business, and related to denials of all related lines of insurance. Ms. Courteau successfully defensed at jury trial on claims for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence against authorized agent related to alleged promise to procure employment practices with CGL Policy (see Verdicts and Settlements).

 

Real Estate E&O Including Realtors and Appraisers
 
Courteau & Associates has handled all aspects of Real Estate E&O including commercial (Car Washes, Retail Shopping Centers, and Other) and residential. Commercial claims have included claims of fraudulent net income, false statements regarding the fair market value, and both commercial and residential have included claims for fraud, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and various claims of intentional and negligent misrepresentation on disclosure. Courteau & Associates has successfully handled appraisers as well related to claims of inflated values and multiple other claims. Courteau & Associates has successfully defensed real estate claims at trial including claims of real estate fraud (See letter from The Travelers praising trial results).

 

Miscellaneous E&O Lines
 
In addition to the main lines of professional liability, Ms. Courteau has handled miscellaneous lines related to services including services related to health industry, medical, real estate, computer and technology areas.